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Auction 116, Lot 767

"Vue de Macao en Chine", La Perouse, Comte Jean F. Galoup, de

Subject: China

Period: 1797 (published)

Publication: Atlas du Voyage de La Perouse

Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 10 inches
40.1 x 25.4 cm
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Jean-Francois de Galoup, Comte de La Perouse commanded a French scientific expedition to the Pacific in 1785-88. Recognized as one the foremost naval commanders and navigators in France, he was selected by King Louis XVI to complete Captain James Cook's exploration of the western Pacific. The British Admiralty provided scientific equipment to measure variations in magnetic compass readings and with the latest instruments for determining longitude. La Perouse explored the coasts of the Gulf of Alaska and northwestern North America in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. After leaving America his expedition continued on to Asia where he explored from Macao to Kamchatka and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. La Perouse was meticulous in sending copies of his extensive logs, maps and surveying information via other ships as well as overland. La Perouse's last contact was in the spring of 1788 with a British ship in Botany Bay, Australia. The expedition was never heard from again. Considered one of the greatest French voyages, the French Government decided to publish the story of the expedition when it became clear they had been lost. An English edition was published in London.

Beautifully engraved view of the European settlement at Macau at the mouth of the Zhu Jiang (Pearl River). La Perouse visited Macau in 1787.


Condition: A

Lovely impression with delicate coloring. Some spots in margins, which have been trimmed but are still adequate for framing.

Estimate: $300 - $350


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